Cedric Hardwick

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Not only should this bassman not be confused with the great actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke, it seems as if no musician on the face of the Earth would want to be confused with Cedric Hardwick, whose main claim…
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Not only should this bassman not be confused with the great actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke, it seems as if no musician on the face of the Earth would want to be confused with Cedric Hardwick, whose main claim to fame was participating in one of the worst recording sessions in the history of music. A variety of criteria would of course be factored into such a judgment; if one of them is productivity, the night Hardwick backed vocalist and pianist Una Mae Carlisle could be considered a success compared to the legendary one million dollar studio binge of Aerosmith, after which not a single song was near completion. In contrast, producers had at least a couple of usable tracks out of the Carlisle shenanigans, a ratio pundits have found wanting considering that several dozen takes were laid down, normally raising expectations of a complete album.

"The rhythm section is wooden at best," details one account, condemning with a single slap the efforts of the bandleader as well as the reactions from Hardwick and drummer Wallace Bishop. At least two excellent jazz hornmen were also on hand, trumpeter Doc Cheatham and trombonist Trummy Young, no doubt a reason material judged as so inadequate would be continually reissued.